Total tour distance: 414 miles
Daily tour distance: 41 miles
Difficulty: 90 / 100
At the end of the longest fjord in North America lies a region steeped in the gold mining history and culture of the Far North. Our tour starts in Alaska’s capital city of Juneau and heads north to Haines, courtesy of a ferry ride on the Alaska Marine Highway. After a partial day to investigate the town, we then mount our bikes and head inland, climbing up over Chilkat Pass into the alpine regions of both British Columbia and the Yukon. At Haines Junction, the route turns east on the Alaska Highway, where we stop along the way at Takhini Hot Springs. We then head into Whitehorse, capital of the Yukon and a burgeoning mountain bike mecca. After exploring Whitehorse on a short riding day, we head south on the Klondike Highway. We climb over White Pass, route of the famous and rugged Chilkoot Trail, used by miners to get to the gold-rush area of Dawson City. We cruise down the 12-mile descent into Skagway to enjoy that wonderful town on a layover day. The ferry again awaits us for the return cruise to Juneau, gliding past the coastal glaciers and snow-capped Chilkat Mountains along the way.
This journey will cover 360 highway miles between Haines and Skagway, offering stunning scenery, gold-rush history, alpine lakes, and coastal rainforests. It has all the makings of a wonderful cycling adventure!